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Free Club Carlson points with car rentals in 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Club Carlson, the free loyalty programme of Radisson  hotels, offers free points and certain discounts in partnership with the following car rental companies:

Alamo - 1 500 Club Carlson points per day at participating locations in the US and Canada

Avis - 9 000 Club Carlson points per rental of minimum 3 days and up to 25% discount at participating locations worldwide

National - 1 500 Club Carlson points per day and up to 25% discount at participating locations in the US and Canada

Budget - 9 000 Club Carlson points per rental of minimum 3 days and up to 20% discount at participating locations worldwide

Sixt - 750 Club Carlson points per day and up to 15% discount at participating locations worldwide

Before booking make sure to check-out also car rental agencies such as Holiday Autos, PaylessCarRental and Auto Europe, as you might get a better deal there.


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25% hotels discount from ebookers - only today 25 December 2014

ebookers Switzerland (part of Orbitz group) offers a nice Christmas gift: 25% hotel discount code for travel until 31 March 2015.

The Swiss website of ebookers has an English version and the payment currency is CHF (Swiss Franc).

Click on the link below to see the ebookers coupon code and start your search:

Get 25% hotel discount from ebookers.ch - use promo code FRANKINCENSE

The discount is to be applied at the top of the payment page, just above the credit card information, in the "Promotion code" section.

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£100 Expedia promo code for holiday packages - book by 6 January 2015

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Expedia UK offers a £100 discount code for flight + hotels packages consumed until the end 30 June 2015.

The Expedia discount code is valid for purchases of minimum £1 000 (thus giving up to 10% discount).

A minimum of 5 consecutive hotel nights is required.

Click on the link below to go to the Expedia offer page:

£100 Expedia promo code for holiday packages - use code EXPEDIAGIFT100

The Expedia discount code must be typed in in the section "Enter a voucher code" in the last window of the reservation process, just above the credit card details.

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15% Venere discount code - for bookings until 21 December 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Since Venere.com is a part of Expedia group (including also Hotels.com), it means that this Venere promo code allows you to save money on the same hotels that you could book on Expedia and Hotels.com.

The Venere coupon code is valid for travel until 31 March 2015.

Click on the link below to see the code and start you search (you will see the Venere promotional code inserted in the search form):

15% Venere.com discount - use promo code XMAS15 

The Venere.com voucher code should be typed in the field "Enter your coupon code" and then push the button "Apply". This field is found below the total price information on the right hand side column, in the payment page (see print-screen below):


This Venere voucher code applies only to bookings paid online (not to those where you pay at the hotel).

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Hyatt Regency Long Beach, California for only 45$ for the night of Friday, 19 December 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

One discounted double room at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach available at Roomer, a new discounter which allows private persons to sell the non-refundable hotel rooms they booked elsewhere, but which, because of various reasons, they cannot use (e.g. because of sickness).

Currently there is a room including breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach selling for 45$ for the night of Friday, 19 December 2014.

There is only 1 room available, so hurry up to book it here.

Also, if you create a new Roomer account using the link below, you will get a 25$ credit, which you can use for your next purchase of minimum 50$:

Get 25$ on your first hotel booking with Roomer



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50% discount for IHG hotels in China for stays until 6 April 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

InterContinental Hotels just launched a new promotion available for booking until 27 March 2015.

Each Friday, a selection of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and InterContinental hotels will be sold with a 50% discount, for stays any day of the week until 6 April 2015.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page and see participating properties:

50% discount in China - book Fridays for stays any time during the week

Rates are non-refundable.

Remember to check back every Friday, when the list of hotels is updated.

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Up to 50% discount at the Radisson Blu Park Hotel in Athens, Greece

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We found a simple method to get significant discounts at this 5-star property in Athens, Greece.

This is done by using the Best Price Guarantee offered by Radisson. In short, this says that when you book a room directly on the Radisson official website and, within 24 hours after booking, you find the same room cheaper elsewhere, Radisson will honour the smaller price reduced by 25%.

Let's take this example: for the night of 19 June 2015, the standard room is sold at 160€ on the Radisson official website. For the same night, booking.com offers a price of 115€. This means that after you submit a successful claim, your room rate will drop to only 86€.

If, for some reason, booking.com doesn't offer a cheaper rate, check the room rates on HotelsCombined, to see which other online travel agencies offer a lower price.

See our article about the Best Price Guarantee from Radisson to see exactly how to proceed, step-by-step.

Try this method only for flexible rates, which can be cancelled free of charge, to avoid the risk of paying too much for your room.
 

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20% RatesToGo discount code for travel until 30 June 2015

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

This must be RatesToGo's Christmas gift. Available for bookings until 28 December 2014.

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window where the code is shown and start your search:

20% RatesToGo discount - use coupon code LUCKY20

The RatesToGo voucher code must be typed in on top of the payment page, in the section "Promotion code", just above the credit card information.

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40% discount at the Hotel de Tuilerieen in Bruges, Belgium

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

TravelPony, one of our favourite hotel discounters, offers 40% saving on rooms at the Hotel de Tuilerieen**** in Brugge, Belgique.

You need to have an account with TravelPony to take advantage of their offers. If you do not have an account yet, use this link to create one and you will receive a 35$ credit to use on your first booking.

To book the discounted rooms at Hotel de Tuilerieen, click on the link below:

40% discount at the Hotel de Tuilerieen, Bruges, Belgium

Be sure to use promo code TPSAVINGS at check-out.
 

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50% discount at Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Broadway

Sunday, December 7, 2014

TravelPony, one of the best hotel discounters, offers a 50% saving on rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Broadway.

You need to have an account with TravelPony to take advantage of their offers. If you do not have an account yet, use this link to create one and you will receive a 35$ credit to use on your first booking.

To book the discounted rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Broadway, click on the link below:

50% discount at the Courtyard by Marriott Myrtle Beach Broadway

Be sure to use promo code TPSAVINGS at check-out (see print-screen below):


For example, 2 nights over the week-end 6-8 March 2015 have a total price of 150$ on TravelPony, while all the large travel agencies price the same room at over 300$ (search them all with HotelsCombined).
 

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12 Days of Christmas from lastminute.com

Friday, December 5, 2014

Starting today and for the next 12 days, lastminute.com runs holiday promotion whereby they offer each day a special deal in UK in the following categories: Theatre, Restaurants and Spa.

Click on the link below to go to the promotion page and see the deals of the day:

12 Days of Christmas from lastminute.com

Each day a new set of deals is made public, so check the page every day to grab a bargain.

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Novotel London West for only 40$ for the night of Friday, 5 December 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Great deal from Roomer, a new discounter which allows individuals to sell the non-refundable hotel rooms they booked elsewhere, but which, because of various reasons, they cannot use (e.g. because of sickness).

Currently there is a room including breakfast at the Novotel London West selling for 65$ for the night of Friday, 5 December 2014.

However, if you create a new Roomer account using the link below, you will get a 25$ credit, which will thus decrease your total cost to 40$:

Get 25$ on your first hotel booking with Roomer

There is only 1 room available, so hurry up to book it here.


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40% discount at Mövenpick Resort Laem Yai Beach in Koh Samui, Thailand - valid throughout 2015

A special opening rate at teh Moevenpick Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand. The discount is 40% compared to the best available rate.

The offer requires a 4 night minimum stay. Available for booking until the end of 2014 for travel throughout 2015.

Free breakfast is included in this special rate.

Click on the link below to start your search (the discount code will be automatically applied):

40% discount at Moevenpick Resort Koh Samui

These rates are non-refundable, so book only if your plans are firm.


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200 CHF discount code for European ski hotels from ebookers.ch - book by 31 March 2015

ebookers Switzerland (part of Orbitz group) offers a 200 CHF  promo code for hotels located in selected ski resorts in Germany, Austria, Swizerland and France .

A minimum 5 night stay is required to benefit from this offer. The promotion is available for bookings until 31 March 2015, with travel until 30 April 2015.

The Swiss website of ebookers has an English version and the payment currency is CHF (Swiss Franc).

Click on the link below to see the ebookers coupon code and start your search:

Get 200 CHF discount on ski hotels - use promo code WINTERWONDER

The discount is to be applied at the top of the payment page, just above the credit card information, in the "Promotion code" section.

The discount code is applicable to the following resorts:

Switzerland

- Gstaad
- Grindelwald
- Saas Fee
- Zermatt
- Arosa
- Davos
- Chur
- St Moritz

Germany

- Wernigerode
- Goslar
- Titisee

Austria

- Zell Am See
- Seefeld

France

- Flaine
- Meribel
- Tignes
- Montchavin
- Megeve
- La Clusaz


The code is not valid for international hotel chains or for rates which are paid directly at the hotel.

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25$ discount for hotels booked with Roomer

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Roomer is a new hotel discounter that we strongly recommend checking out when looking for your accommodation for your next trip.

What makes this site different is the fact that it acts as a marketplace for non-refundable reservations: is a person holds such a reservation made on another website and cannot make the trip, he/she can put it up for sale on Roomer and any interested person can buy it.

For example, if I made a non-refundable reservation on Expedia for 200$, but because of unexpected events I can no longer make the trip, I face two scenarios:
- lose 200$ because I cannot get back the money, since the reservation was non-refundable;
- put the reservation up for sale on Roomer with a price I consider appropriate (it can be higher or lower than the price I booked on Expedia). Usually people will put it for sale at a lower price, because they are interested in selling the room and recovering some of the money that would otherwise be lost.

For those looking to buy a discounted room, you can get 25$ discount if you sign up for a free account using the link below:

Get 25$ on your first hotel booking with Roomer

This credit can be used on your first purchase higher than 100$ (it will be automatically deducted from the amount you have to pay).

All reservations made with Roomer are non-refundable, so book only if your travel plans are firm.

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Free ticket for the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in London, UK

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You get a second ticket for free when you pay for a ticket with a MasterCard credit card.

The offer is valid for visits until 31 March 2015.

Simply print the voucher located at the link below and show it at the cashier´s desk when you pay with a MasterCard:

2 for 1 for tickets to Madame Tussauds - click here to get voucher


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Up to 50% discount for QHotels during the 2014/2015 winter sale

Thursday, November 20, 2014

QHotels is a chain of quality hotels spread around the UK.

For bookings until 30 November 2014, they run a winter sale promotion, offering:
-50% discount for a three night stay until 1 March 2015;
- 40% discount on a two night stay until 12 April 2015.

These special rates include breakfast.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

Up to 50% discount at QHotels in the UK

Rates are non-refundable, so book only if your plans are firm.

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4th night free at Hyatt hotels in Asia Pacific - stays until 31 March 2015

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Offer valid when you pay with an American Express credit card.

The offer is valid for stays from 1 December 2014 to 31 March 2015.

Rates are flexible and can be cancelled for free up to 24 before the check-in date.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and see participating properties:

Stay 4 nights and pay only 3 at Hyatt hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific

The free nights is reflected as a 25% discount in the nightly rate (compared to the best available rate).

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£50 discount code for beach hotels from Hotels4U.com (Thomas Cook group)

Hotels4U.com is the hotel booking website part of the Thomas Cook group.

For stays in beach hotels from now until 30 April 2015 they offer a £50 discount code (a minimum purchase of £500 is required).

We tested the promo code for hotels around the Mediterranean, the Red Sea or the Caribbean and it works perfectly. Bookings must be made until 17 November 2014.

Click on the link below to see the voucher code and start your search:

£50 coupon from Hotels4U to enjoy the winter sun - use code 50WINTER

The code must be typed in the section "Apply discount code" in the payment page, below the hotel summary (see print-screen below):



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50% discount at selected InterContinental, Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotels in Greater China for stays until 11 January 2015

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This offer is available for booking until 16 November 2014, for stays between 21 November 2014 and 11 January 2015.

See participating hotels and start your search at the address below:

Flash Sale at IHG properties in Greater China

Rates are flexible, meaning you can cancel for free up to 48 hours before the check-in date.

 

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50% discount for Hilton Hotels in China - for stays until 31 December 2014

This is a 5-day flash sale from Hilton, which offers discounted rooms at their properties in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and start your search:

50% discount at Hilton hotels in China

These are pre-paid, non-refundable rates, so book only if your plans are firm.

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See Lindsay Lohan on a theatre stage in London

Friday, November 7, 2014

The first role in a theatre play of Lindsay Lohan in the "Spped-the-Plow" Hollywood satire by David Mamet.

Shows take place at the Playhouse Theatre in London, throughout the month of November.

Ticket prices start at only £15.

Click on the link below to choose your dates:

Flash-sale on David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" play in London

 

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50% discount at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas

Rates starting at $180 per night, also during the week-ends, at this 5-star property on the Strip. Considering the rates rooms are usually sold during the week-end, this is a steal.

Promotion available for booking as part of the Flash Sale by LastMinuteTravel.com until 10 Novemebr 2014 (for stays also during 2015).

Click on the link below to go to the offer page:

Flash Sale from LastMinuteTravel.com

The Four Seasons is one of the properties on sale, towards the end of the page.

 

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Second night free at MadDonald hotels in the UK for stays in January 2015

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

MacDonald is a chain of quality hotels located throughout the UK (it has nothing to do with the McDonalds fast food chain).

For bookings made until 9 November 2014 they offer the second night for free for stays in January 2015.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and choose your hotel:

Stay 2 pay only 1 night at MacDonald hotels in the UK

This is a really good deal, too bad that it is only available for stays in January. For example, in central Manchester the rate drops to only £44 per night. Rates are pre-paid in full are non-refundable.

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50% discount on all Lonely Planet eBooks - until 2 November 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

During this Halloween week-end, Lonely Planet offers a 50% discount on all eBooks.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

50% discount on all Lonely Planet eBooks

No promo code is required, the prices will be automatically updated.
 

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Cheap one-night stays in Vancouver, Canada until 28 February 2015

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Special offer from the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and American Express, available for booking until 16 November 2014.

Vancouver Hotel Destination Association is a group of 36 central Vancouver hotels, whose purpose is to enhance Vancouver’s destination awareness.

How does this deal work: for stays until 28 February 2015, you receive at check-in American Express Gift cards with a value between $75 and $125. Amounts expressed in Canadian Dollars.

Cards are offered per stay basis, so the biggest deal is when you stay only one night, because the card will offset most of the hotel cost. You will pay online the cost of the room in full and at check-in you will receive the gift card.

These gifts cards can be spent anywhere you like (you are NOT restricted to hotel services).

For example, a double room for a one night (20 December) at the Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre costs $115. Considering that you will receive a $75 AMEX card at check-in, that means that you net cost is of only $40 per night (see print-screen below):


Click on the link below to go to the association's website and make the reservation:

https://amex.bevancouver.com/

These are pre-paid, non-refundable rates.

Furthermore, 1 in every 10 bookings on the association's website are free. So if you are lucky 10th you will get the stay for free.

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Up to 50€ hotel.info discount code - for bookings until 15 November 2014

These hotel.info voucher code are valid for travel until 31 December 2014.

There are currently three promo codes, depending on the total value of your reservation. The codes work only for flexible reservations, which can be cancelled (the discount code box does not activate for prepaid, non-refundable rates).

Click on the link below to see the hotel.info discount codes and start your search:

€15 discount for €50 minimum purchase - use voucher code HERBST-15

€30 discount for €150 minimum purchase - use voucher code HERBST-30

€50 discount for €300 minimum purchase - use voucher code HERBST-50

The hotel.info coupon code must be typed in at the top of the payment window, when you click on the field "Redeem hotel.info vocher", just below the reservation details (see print-screen below):


These promo codes work also for large international hotel chains.

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2014 / 2015 winter sale from InterContinental Hotels Group in Europe

Rooms starting from as little as €29 at selected Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental hotels in Europe.

The promotion is available for booking until 1 November 2014 for travel between 16 December 2014 and 14 February 2015.

To see participating properties and benefit from these discounted rates, please go to the address below:

Big savings at IHG properties in Europe during the winter of 2014/2015

There are options to book this special rate with or without breakfast (except Holiday Inn Express, where breakfast is always included). Without breakfast is the standard option which will be shown when you go to the promo page.

If you want rates inclusive of breakfast, once you've selected your preferred hotel, in the search form, in the field "Rate" (below the travel dates), replace "Flash Sale" with "Best Available" (see print-screen below):


With rooms available in many European capitals and popular tourist destinations, there should be something for everyone for the upcoming winter holidays.
 

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Direct flights from the US East Coast to Istanbul, Turkey for only $600

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good deal for return flights with Turkish Airlines from New York, Boston or Washington directly to Istanbul, Turkey.

These low prices for direct flights are available until the end of March 2015 (perfect for the Spring Break of St. Valentine's Day).

We recommend using SkyScanner to find the websites offering the lowest prices for these flights.



Let us know if you took advantage of this great offer.

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40% discount at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This deal is offered by TravelPony, with free cancellation up to 72 hours before check-in date. This promotion gives a 40% discount compared to the Hyatt official website or the large online travel agencies.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page and see the promo code to be used: 

40% discount at the Hyatt Regency Washington - use code SCARY8

The code should be typed on the right-hand side of the payment page, in the "Summary" section, in the field "Apply Promo Code".

Let us know how this offer worked for you.

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40% discount at the Solar Do Castelo**** in Lisbon, Portugal

Sunday, October 26, 2014

These discounted rates at the 4-star Solar Do Castelo include breakfast and are sold by OnHotels, an UK-based online travel agency.

The promotional rates is available also for week-ends. 

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window:

40% discount at Solar Do Castelo, including breakfast

In the payment window, make sure to use this 5% OnHotels discount code.

Using the links above you will save about 40% compared to the large online travel agencies like Booking.com.

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40% discount at the Hilton Budapest City Centre*****

Saturday, October 25, 2014

These discounted rates at the 5-star Hilton Budapest Royal Castle District include breakfast and are sold by OnHotels, an UK-based online travel agency.

The promotional rate is available also for week-ends. 

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window:

40% discount at Hilton Budapest City Center, including breakfast

In the payment window, make sure to use this 5% OnHotels discount code.

Thus, the rate arrives at less than €80 per double room per night, breakfast included, which is 40% less than the price offered by the Hilton official website or the large online travel agencies, like Booking.com, for example.

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111€ Air France promo code for bookings until 15 November 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Air France offers a 111€ discount for all long-haul flights where the price is of minimum 140€ (before taxes, fuel surcharges and fees). Flights within Europe or to North Africa and the Middle East are not eligible for the promotion.

The promotional code is valid only on the German website of AirFrance, however on the very top of their webpage you can switch the language to English.

The Air France promo code is valid for travel from until 31 March 2015.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search:

111€ Air France discount - use code FLYAF872

The Air France coupon code should be typed in the third page of the reservation process, the one in which you insert the information about the passengers (name, contact details, etc.).

In that window, look for the field "Do you have an Advantage code" and there type in the promo code. Then continue with the reservation as usual and in the next window you will see the price dropped by 111€.

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20€ discount code from HotelsClick until 31 October 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

HotelsClick.com is among our top 10 hotel discounters.

They currently run an autumn promotion offering a 20€ voucher code, for purchases of minimum 200€.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search:

20€ HotelsClick.com discount - use promo code Halloween20

The coupon code should be typed on the homepage, in the search form, in the field "Promotional code", just below the "Search" button (see print-screen below):


The price will then be automatically updated when the search results are shown.
 

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How we stayed for free for one night in Strasbourg, France

Monday, October 20, 2014

We have written before about the Best Rate Guarantee programme of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) the world largest accommodation provider with hotels such as InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Hotel Indigo, etc.

In summary, when you make a reservation through the IHG official website and find the same room in the same hotel cheaper on another website, you may receive the first night of your stay for free (also for one-night stays). See full details on the procedure here.

We just had a successful Best Rate Guarantee claim for a Saturday night stay at the Holiday Inn in Strasbourg, by finding a cheaper rate on HotelsClick. We thus saved 120 euro, which was the price of the executive room with breakfast :)

Let us know if you ever tried such a claim and if it worked for you.

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35$ TravelPony discount code valid throughout 2016

Friday, October 17, 2014

TravelPony is now a well-established hotel discounter with a worldwide presence.

You need to create a free account to view their deals. If you do not have one, use the link below and you will be credited 35$ into you account which can be used to discount your a purchase of minimum 200$:

Create a free account and get 35$ credit

If you already have an account, why not ask a member of your family to create his / her own account, to benefit from another 35$ credit.

Please pay attention: we test-tried the site a couple of times and it does not always provide the best deals that can be found online.

When on their site, you have to go to the menu "Providers" and tick the box "Show only TravelPony hotels" in order to see their deals only in order to be able to benefit from the discount:



Thus, before making any booking, please check you regular websites and also our top 10 discounters.

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£50 discount for city trips to New York with lastminute.com

Thursday, October 16, 2014

lastminute.com offers a £50 voucher for flights + hotel packages to New York.

A minimum 4 night stay is required to benefit from the discount.

The promotion is available for booking until 19 October 2014, for travel also in 2015.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page where the discount code is shown:

£50 off for city trips to New York, United States

The code must be typed in the payment page, in the section "Have a lastminute.com promo code?", above the credit card information.

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20$ Priceline coupon code for Express Deals - for bookings until 31 October 2014

The Priceline discount code is valid for stays of minimum 3 nights at 4-star hotels until 31 December 2014.

Click on the link below to see the Priceline voucher code and start your search:

Get 20$ discount of Priceline.com Express Deals - use coupon code 20off

The coupon code must be typed in the field "Apply coupon" next to the "Summary of charges" section (above the traveller information).

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15% off hotels or 75 CHF discount on flight+hotel packages from ebookers.ch

These discounts are available for booking until 19 October, for travel until 31 July 2015.

There is no minimum purchase for hotels, however a minimum purchase of 450 CHF applies for flight+hotel packages.

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window and see the promo codes:

Travel discounts from ebookers.ch

The discount coes should be applied on the top of the payment page, just above the credit card information, in the "Promotion code" section.
 

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50% discount at the 5-star Nest Hotel in Incheon, South Korea for stays until 31 December 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This offer is brought by Design Hotels, a collection of more than 250 boutique hotels in more than 45 countries. Nest Hotel is a newly opened 5-star hotel located in Incheon, South Korea's third largest city.

This promotion is offered for members of their community (similar to a loyalty programme, you just have to join for free here, to become a member).

Once you've created your member account and logged in, click on the link below to go to the deal page:

50% discount at Nest Hotel***** in Incheon, South Korea

Once you've performed the search on the link above, look for the rate called "Design Hotels Welcome Community Rate" (it is the first rate shown).

You will see that for each night until 31 December 2014, prices are half of those shown by large online agencies, such as booking.com.

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25% discount code for H10 city hotels in Europe for stays until 28 February 2015

H10 Hotels is a Spanish based chain of quality hotels located mainly at sea-side locations, and also in some European cities.

For bookings until 19 October 2014, they offer 25% discount on all city hotels located in Barcelona, Madrid, London, Berlin and Rome.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search in a new window:

25% discount code at H10 city hotels - use code FLASH25

The H10 Hotels promo code must by typed in the search form, in the field "Special Offer Code" (see print-screen below):


The code works as well for holidays during the upcoming Christmas, New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day.

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£80 ThomasCook discount code for holiday packages - book by 21 October 2014

This Thomas Cook promo code is valid for all holiday packages with departure in November and December 2014 (£800 minimum spend).

Click on the link below to see the Thomas Cook voucher code and start your search:

£80 ThomasCook voucher code for end of year holidays - use promo code WINTER80

The Thomas Cook coupon code must be typed in the payment window, in the field "I have a promotional code", just above the credit card information.

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10% Hotelopia discount code for stays until the end of 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

This Hotelopia promo code is available for bookings made until 26 October 2014, for "pay on-line" rates (not valid for "pay at hotel" rates).

Click on the link below to see the code and open the deal page in a new window:

10% Hotelopia voucher code - for bookings until 26 October 2014 - use code OCT673491

The coupon code must by typed in the payment page, in the field "Discount code", just below the client contact information.

 

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€80 per night at the Novotel Amsterdam City**** for stays until the end of March 2015

These discounted rates at Novotel Amsterdam City include breakfast and are sold by OnHotels, an UK-based online travel agency.

The promotional rate is available also for week-ends. These low prices of €80 are available when booking two nights or more.

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window:

€80 per night at Novotel Amsterdam City, including breakfast

In the payment window, make sure to use this 5% OnHotels discount code.





 

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15% discount at the Palazzo Viceconte Hotel in Matera, Basilicata, Italy

Friday, October 10, 2014

Palazzo Viceconte Hotel**** is one of the best options when visiting the world-famous Matera and its UNESCO World Heritage sites.

We searched for the best prices at this property and saw that the best prices are usually obtained with CheapTickets (an online travel agency part of the Orbitz group).

This is because of their discount codes that will give you the cheapest rates at Palazzo Viceconte Hotel.

Click on the link below to see the current discount code and perform your search:

15% discount at the Palazzo Viceconte Hotel Matera

The voucher code must be typed in the form "Promo code", in the payment window, above the credit card information.

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20% RatesToGo discount code for travel until 31 May 2015

The highest RatesToGo promo code we've seen.

Click on the link below to open the deal page in a new window where the code is shown and start your search:

17% RatesToGo coupon - book less than 3 nights until 9 November 2014 -use code SHORT17

20% RatesToGo coupon - book at least 3 nights until 9 November 2014 -use code LONG20

The RatesToGo voucher code must be typed in on top of the payment page, in the section "Promotion code", just above the credit card information.

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4th night free at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel**** in London, UK

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

This equals to a 25% discount over the four nights at this hotel part of the Red Carnation collection of high-end hotels.

The hotel is located opposite the Buckingham Palace, a great location for exploring London.

Click on the link below to see the promo code and start your search:

4th night free at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel in London - use promo code OneMore

Type the code in the field "Promo Code", just above the "Check availability" button in the search form.

This discounted rate is called "One More Night" and is the cheapest one you can find at The Rubens at the Palace Hotel.


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Cheap flights from Europe to Amman, Jordan in 2015

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aegean Airlines (a Star Alliance member) offers return flights from several European locations to Amman at under 300 €per person.

These prices are valid for travel at the beginning of the year 2015 (we checked to see that well into the month of March prices are still discounted).

We managed to get the best prices with the online booking site GoVolo (prices directly from Aegean website were more expensive).

We found deals for departures from London, Paris, Frankfurt. Probably there are many other airports from which you can get a similar deal.

Click on the link below to start your search:

Book cheap flights to Amman with GoVolo.com

Let us know if you managed to book this deal.

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30% discount at the Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok, Thailand - for bookings until 31 October 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

Hotels.com runs a Thailand sale promotion called "Thailand Has It All", which offers discounted rates at selected properties for stays until 23 December 2014.

One property that stands out is the Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok, which is sold with a 30% discount. We checked several dates and this was the discount compared to the Marriott website.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

30% discount at Courtyard by Marriott Bangkok and other Thailand deals

You might also try a Best Rate Guarantee claim, however the cancellation policy is not the same (one day shorter compared to their official website). You might give it a try though.


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10% Holiday Autos discount code for car rentals until 31 December 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

We managed to find a 10% voucher code for car hire with Holiday Autos until 31 December 2014.

Holiday Autos is one of our preferred car rental agencies, because of its large supplier base and low prices.

Click on the link below to apply the coupon code. The prices will be automatically discounted, so there is no need to manually type in any codes:

10% voucher from Holiday Autos until 31 December 2014

This offer was originally addressed to those who pay with a MasterCard, so it is preferable to use this payment method when making the reservation (even though the reservation system allows using Visa or other payment methods).

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10% booking.com promo code - valid until the end of 2016

We recently found a solution to get a 10% booking.com discount code off the hotel prices from booking.com. It involves a little bit of creativity:

There is another online travel agency called EasyToBook that offers most of the booking.com hotel inventory, at the same prices as booking.com.

However, EasyToBook also offers a 10% coupon code, that will actually mean that you save 10% from the booking.com prices.

How to proceed to the reservation to get the 10% booking.com promo code:

- search on booking.com and note the price for the desired hotel and room type. For example, for the week-end 13 - 15 August 2016 in Brussels, Belgium we like the Four Points by Sheraton**** at a total of €156 for a double room from booking.com;

- then, we start the search in EasyToBook for Brussels, for the same dates. In the results page, on the left column, you can type directly the name of the hotel you want (see print-screen below):




- as you can see above, the Four Points by Sheraton hotel has the same price of €156 also on EasyToBook, but before applying the promo code. Continue with the reservation on EasyToBook;

- in the payment window of EasyToBook, look for the "Voucher code" box and copy/paste the promo code ETB10PCFB01, just below the total price information and then push the button "Apply" (see print-screen below):



Finalise the reservation on EasyToBook. That's it, you just saved 10% off the booking.com rates.

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Hotels for £49 or less from Expedia

Expedia UK is making life easier with their new feature: a section of their website where they highlight good quality hotels at less than £49 per room per night.

I find this useful when searching for travel ideas for the upcoming week-ends. Ever wondered: hmmm, where should we go next week-end? And then you see a really good hotel deal in Rome for example, you book the hotel and the flight and you're set.

This is why this Expedia solution is good. Click on the link below to go to the offer page:

 Hotels for £49 or less from Expedia

In the page that opens, just browse through the hotels listed, just below the search form.

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50% discount at Barcelo hotels for stays until the beginning of 2015

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Barcelo is a chain of quality hotels and resorts with a good presence in Europe and the Caribbean.

They are currently running a flash sale for the members of their loyalty programme.

For bookings until this Monday, 5 October, you are offered flat 50% discount at a selection of properties in cities such as: Rome, Prague, Cologne, Barcelona, Istanbul, etc.

If you are not yet a member click here to register for free. Once you are logged into you member account, click on the link below to go to the offer page:

50% discount at selected Barcelo hotels

The rates are non-refundable, so book only if your plans are firm. 

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50% discount at Ovolo Southside****, Hong Kong - for stays until 30 November 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

This offer is brought by Design Hotels, which is a collection of more than 250 boutique hotels in more than 45 countries.

This promotion is offered for members of their community (similar to a loyalty programme, you just have to join for free here, to become a member).

Once you've created your member account and logged in, click on the link below to go to the deal page:

50% discount at Ovolo Southside**** in Hong Kong

Once you've performed the search on the link above, look for the rate called "Design Hotels Welcome Community Rate" (it is the first rate shown). There, the cheapest rooms are the 20 sqm Queen Rooms. This special rate includes breakfast and can be cancelled free of charge up to 48 hours before check-in date.

You will see that for each night until 30 November 2014, prices are half of those shown by large online agencies, such as booking.com.


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2-for-1 on all kids books from Lonely Planet - until 31 October 2014

Lonely Planet offers not only travel guides for adults, but also a variety of interesting kids books.

Until 31 October 2014 you can buy two kids books for the price of one.

Click on the link below to go to the offer site and see promo code:

2 for 1 on kids books - use promo code 241KIDS

The promo code must be typed in the Shopping cart section (see print-screen below):


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£55 for two nights at the Campanile Hotel Bradford, United Kingdom

Thursday, September 25, 2014

This discounted offer at the Campanile Hotel Bradford*** is offered by TravelBird and includes:

- 2 nights in this 3 star property part of Campanile chain
- free parking
- full cooked breakfast each day
- £15 dinner voucher to be used on the first night of the stay

This package for a total of £55 is available for a two night stay (thus giving a £27 nightly rate). If you stay only 1 night, then the price is £35 per night.

Travel dates are available all days until mid December 2014. Rates are non-refundable.

Click on the link below to search for your preferred travel dates:

£27 per night at Campanile Bradford***

Considering also the dinner voucher, this deal represents a 50% discount compared to booking.com.

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£30 per night at Days Inn hotels in the United Kingdom (for stays until 31 January 2015)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

This autumn sale is available for booking until 15 October 2014.

The deal offers 2 night stays for a total of  £60, thus giving a  £30 per night rate.

Click on the link below to see the participating properties and start your search:

Pay only £60 for two nights at Days Inn in the United Kingdom

Rates are non-cancellable, so book only if your plans are certain.

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25% discount at NH Hotels in Germany

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This promotion code is valid for most of the NH Hotels in Germany for travel also during 2015.

The voucher code will return a 25% discount compared to their regular flexible rate.

This promotional rate is flexible, meaning you can cancel for free up to 48 hours before check-in date.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search:

25% discount at NH Hotels in Germany in 2014 and 2015 - use code NHHOEF13

To use the code click on the button "Promotional code" in the search form, just above the "Search" button.

Not all NH Hotels are participating, but you will see those that offer the discount at the top of the search results.

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50% discount for the Wembley Stadium tour

Thursday, September 18, 2014

lastminute.com offers this perfect opportunity to visit the famous Wembley Stadium.

The e-vouchers can be used until 30 April 2015. Details on how to arrange your visit will be sent together with the voucher after the purchase.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page:

£9 per person for a guided tour of the Wembley Stadium

 

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55€ per night at the Hyatt Place Amsterdam for stays until the end of 2014

Very good deal at this Hyatt hotel located at the Amsterdam airport.

The price includes breakfast, Wi-Fi and parking.

The deal is offered by hotel.info. Click on the link below to go to the offer page:

€55 per night at the Hyatt Place Amsterdam****

These rates can be booked until 22 September 2014. The reservations are non-refundable.

Furthermore, your credit card is charged directly by the hotel at check-out, so the stay would also be eligible for points.

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£50 discount for city trips to Dubai with lastminute.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

lastminute.com offers a £50 voucher for flights + hotel packages to Dubai.

A minimum 3 night stay is required to benefit from the discount.

The promotion is available for booking until 21 September 2014, for travel until the end of 2014.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and see the discount code:

£50 off for city trips to Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The code must be typed in the payment page, in the section "Have a lastminute.com promo code?", above the credit card information.

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Week-end Extender at Club Carlson properties in the Americas until 30 November 2014

This promotion is valid at the selected Radisson, Park Inn and Country Inn and Suites properties in the United States, Canada, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Grenada, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago.

How it works: when you stay three week-end nights, you will pay only the first two.

The third night is free. You must stay from Friday to Monday or from Saturday to Tuesday.

Click on the link below to start your search:

Third night free for long week-ends at Radisson hotels in the Americas until 30 November 2014

You must be a member of Club Carlson, the Radisson loyalty programme. If you are not yet a member, join here for free.

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4th night free at Conrad Hotels and Resorts worldwide until 31 December 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

Conrad Hotels and Resorts runs a promotion called "Compliments of Conrad", valid at 24 of their properties worldwide (across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and USA).

Under the terms and conditions, the last night is free for stays of minimum 4 nights. This last night is deducted at check-out from the hotel bill. Looked at it differently, this means that for a 4 night stay, you get a total discount of 25%.

When making the reservation, look for the rate called "With Our Compliments". If you cannot see this rate, click on the button "View packages and promotions for this room" and pick this rate from the full list of offers shown.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

4th night free at Conrad properties until 31 December 2014

You will see that the price shown for this special rate is the same as the regular rate. However, when you check out from the hotel the last night will be deleted from the bill and you will not have to pay for it.

A deposit equal to the rate for the 1st night is charged on your credit card when you make the reservation. This charge is non/refundable if you want to cancel or change the reservation.

Remember to register also for these promotions to benefit from additional HHonors points when you stay at Conrad hotels.

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€19 per double room on the outskirts of Vienna, Austria

Great deal for a stopover in Vienna, a the three star hotel Lena West.

This is not a hotel if you want to spend a romantic holiday in Vienna, however it is perfect if you are just passing by and need a place to rest, not far from the highway, but also easy to get into town by car.

The deal is offered by hotel.info. Click on the link below to go to the offer page:

€19 per night at the Lena West Hotel***

These rates are available for stays until the end of November 2014. The reservations are non-refundable.

 

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40% discount at Conrad Macao for stays until 20 February 2015

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Flash sale at Conrad Macao, available for bookings until 16 September (Macao time).

Stays until 20 February 2015 (blackout dates: 1 to 6 October, 31 December 2014 and 1 January 2015).

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and start your search:

40% sale at Conrad Macao

Rates are non-refundable, so book only if your plans are firm.




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50% discount for Hilton Hotels in Thailand - for stays until 31 December 2014

Monday, September 8, 2014

A 5-day sale from Hilton - book until 13 September 2014, for stays until the end of this year.

There are 11 Hilton properties participating in this offer, in locations such as: Bangkok, Koh Samui, Pattaya, Phuket and Hua Hin.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and start your search:

50% off at Hilton hotels and resorts in Thailand

These discounted rates are non-refundable, so book only if you are sure of your travel dates.

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Earn more than 60 000 IHG Rewards points after just 3 nights

Sunday, September 7, 2014

IHG Rewards (the loyalty programme of InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn) has just launched their new promotion, called "Into the Nights".

We like the IHG Rewards programme especially for their Point Breaks feature, which is a regular selection of hotels sold for only 5 000 points per night (that means that this promotion will bring 12 free nights at a Point Breaks hotel).

This promotion is adapted to the travel patterns of each member of IHG Rewards. That means that it is not a standard promotion for all, but a personalised offer as put together by IHG Rewards.

In order to gain the points, you must complete several challenges, such as, for example, stays two Staurday nights, or staying at a specific brand, or making several reservations directly on IHG website, etc.

The easiest promotion seems to be the one for new joiners, for persons who just become members of the IHG Rewards programme. Below you have a print-screen of the challenges which must be completed:



Thus, after having completed the 5 challenges, you will get the 10 500 points, plus a 50 000 bonus.

Why is this easy? Because you can accomplish all these 5 challenges with just a total of 3 nights at two different Holiday Inn hotels (not to confuse with Holiday Inn Express, which is a different brand).

Follow these simple 5 steps to complete the challenges:

1. Open an IHG Rewards membership account - it's free to join, simply click on this link

2. Register for the promotion "Into the Nights" - click on this link

3. Downloand, install and sign into the IHG app (it's free)

4. Book you first stay, as follows:

- book with the IHG app
- the stay must be of only one night, which must be a Saturday;
- you must book at a Holiday Inn.

 5. Book your second and final stay, as follows:

- book with the IHG app or on the ihg.com website;
- the stay must be of two nights, out of which one is a Saturday (thus you must book a week-end, either a Friday+Saturday, either a Saturday+Sunday);
- you must book at a different Holiday Inn than the first one.

That's it. After your second stay, you should see your account updated with the 10 500 points. At the same time, for the bonus, you will be given the choice of either additional 50 000 points or a voucher for 2 nights in any property (this might be valuable in certain very expensive hotels, like the InterContinental in Paris, for example). However, we usually take the points, especially for the Point Breaks option, as explained at the beginning of this post.

Let us know how this promotion worked for you.

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50% discount for week-ends at Accor Hotels in Brazil - until 31 December 2014

Friday, September 5, 2014

Offer valid for members of the Accor loyalty programme, for stays of minimum 2 nights from Friday to Monday.

If you are not yet a member, you can join the Accor loyalty programme for free here.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and start your search (you must insert your loyalty number in the search form):

50% discount in Brazil during week-ends in 2014

Samba de Janeiro!!!
 

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Win a three-night stay at the Mövenpick Hotel in Paris

Friday, August 29, 2014

The competition is organised by Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Entry is free for any person of at least 18 years old. No purchase necessary.

All you have to do is to go to the address below and fill in the form with your name, e-mail address and brief travel preferences:

Win a long week-end in Paris

You must enter the draw until 4 September. The winner will be notified by e-mail on 5 September 2014.

The prize consists of:

- 3 nights in a superior room with breakfast at the Mövenpick Hotel Paris Neuilly;

- dinner one night at the hotel's Victor Hugo Restaurant.

You may use the prize until 31 December 2015.

Good luck!

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Free parking in Copenhagen

Thursday, August 21, 2014

We've recently visited Copenhagen and found a central spot where you can park you car for free for 3 hours during the day and unlimited time during the night.

The is located just next to the Little Mermaid statue, on the Langelinie street (see half-circle pointed with the red arrow in the Google Maps print-screen below):



There is no parking meter in the area. You can stay for free for 3 hours by just using a regular parking disc:


All you have to do is to show the parking disc on your inner windscreen showing either the time of arrival or the time of departure (depending on the type of car parking disc you use at your place of residence).

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The best hotel deals in Scandinavia

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

We have recently enjoyed a 10 day trip through Denmark and Sweden and can share a recommendation for the cheapest rates at good quality hotels in Scandinavia.

The solution is to book Radisson Blu hotels at their Friends and Family Rate.

How does this work? Rooms at Radisson Blu properties are sold for only €80, breakfast included, when you book this special rate.

To benefit from these discounted hotel rates in Scandinavia, you need to know somebody (either a family member or a friend) who works at a Radisson hotel or another hotel from the Carlson portfolio (Park Inn, Park Plaza, Country Inns & Suites).

Especially in the today's Internet environment, it is virtually impossible that you do not have such a friend (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). Or maybe you have befriended a hotel employee during one of your previous stays at any Radisson hotel.

After booking this special rate, during check-in the reception clerk might ask you the name of your friend and where he works. That's all, no other details as per the terms and conditions of the rate.

This rate is not always available at all properties, some you might not find it on all your travel dates.

Click on the link below to start your search:

Cheap rate at Radisson - use promo code CARLSONF

The code CARLSONF must be typed in the field "Promotional code" in the search form.

We have already booked these cheap hotel deals in Scandinavia at the Radisson Blu hotels in Aarhus (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden). We were not asked anything at check-in.

These rates are even cheaper than budget hostels in these Nordic countries. All things considered, this deal might be one of the best tourists can get worldwide.

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€55 per night in Burgundy until the end of 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The deal is offered by TravelBird at the Ibis Styles Chalon-sur-Saône and includes:

- 2 nights in this 3 star property part of Accor Hotels
- free parking
- breakfast each day
- 1 child under 16 stays for free

Travel dates are available all days through to the end of the year 2014. Rates are non-refundable.

Click on the link below to search for your preferred travel dates (website is in French):

€55 per night at Ibis Styles Chalon-sur-Saône***

This deal represents a 50% discount compared to the regular price that you can find at your usual online travel agencies, like booking.com for example.

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€50 discount from HotelsClick for purchases until 15 August 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A limited time coupon valid for purchases of minimum €150.

Click on the link below to see the code and start your search:

€50 discount from HotelsClick - use promo code Meno50

The code should be typed in the search form, in the field "Promotional code", just below the room occupancy details (see print-screen):



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Week-end break in Buckinghamshire for only £39 per night

Friday, August 8, 2014

Great week-end breakaway of 2 nights at the Wendover Arms Hotel***  in High Wycombe.

This 2-night package offered by TravelBird includes buffet breakfast each morning and is available all week-ends from August through October.

Click on the link below to go to the deal page:

Week-end trip to Buckinghamshire - TravelBird offer

At only £78 for the entire package, this is a very good offer, considering that it is more than 50% discount compared to the same package bought from other suppliers (such as booking.com).

Visit the official tourism website of the Buckinghamshire county to see the wealth of attractions and activities in the area.

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Third night free at Marriott hotels in Middle East and Africa until 6 September 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer offer from Marriott and American Expreess: stay three nights and pay only two. Valid when you pay with an American Express credit card.

The  third night is discounted at check-out from the hotel, when you pay the invoice.

Click on the link below to go to the offer page and choose your destination and travel dates:

3rd night free at Marriott properties in Middle East and Africa

In the search results, this special rate is shown as "AMEX complimentary night and more".

Rates are fully flexible (you can cancel for free, in case your plans change).

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50% discount at Hyatt Hotels in India for stays until 10 January 2015

Seasonal sale for all Hyatt properties in India, offering a flat discount of 50% off the daily rate.

These special rates ares available for booking until 15 August 2014, for stays until 10 January 2015 (black-out period from 1 November to 15 December 2014).

Click on the link below to go to the deal page and start your search:

50% savings at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in India

These discounted Hyatt rates are shown as "Monsoon Flash Offer" and are non-refundable (book only if you are sure of your travel dates).

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Best hotel deals to stay in Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italy

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cheap hotel deals in Cinque Terre are hard to come by and even harder when you are looking for the best quality / price ratio for your Cinque Terre accommodation.


We usually stay away from guest houses because of the lack of any standards whatsoever. Being in a guesthouse means being at the mercy of the owner, with no other authority to complain to in case of problems. We do make some exceptions to this rule, though.

As usual, we do not consider hostels, or any form of accommodation with shared bathrooms. Also, we penalize properties that do not offer free in-room Internet, which should be as ordinary as toilet paper these days.

These are the recommended hotel deals for your Cinque Terre holiday:

NH La Spezia - located in the largest town in the area, it is the only international 4 star property around. It offers free Wi-Fi and a free varied breakfast 

Hotel Il Saraceno - a 7 room property located in Volastra, a small village on the hilltop above Manarola. Free WI-Fi, parking and continental breakfast

Albergo Marina - a 2 star family owned hotel in Sestri Levante, a short train ride from Cinque Terre. Reviewers speak greatly about the very good value for money dinner at the hotel

Oasi Hotel - a 3 star hotel located in Levanto, only 15 minute train ride from Cinque Terre. Perfect for those who want to combine trips to Cinque Terre with sunbathing at the sea, this property offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast (including hot cooked to order egg dishes)

Albergo degli Amici - a 3 star hotel located in the centre of Monterosso al Mare (the northernmost of the 5 villages). The best location, with free Wi-Fi and breakfast

Albergo Suisse Bellevue - 3 star property located outside Monterosso al Mare, offering a free shuttle into town. Great views of the sea from the hilltop location, with free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast

Park Hotel Argento - a 4 star property located in Levanto. There is little to fault about this hotel, however the price is rather high, so we left it at the end of our choices

When we visited the area we also stayed at the Holiday Inn in Genoa, however we do not recommend Genova because you loose 2 hours each way by train to reach Cinque Terre.

Let us know where and how were your stays in Cinque Terre.

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The best hotel deals for Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As we were looking to spend a week-end in this Bavarian castle region, we compiled the list of cheap hotels around Neuschwanstein Castle. Cheap hotels does not necessarily mean low quality, as we are always looking for the best quality / price ratio.

We looked on a 5km radius around the castle, so that you can choose to walk or drive from / to your hotel. When you go by car, best is to leave the car in the parking lot at the foot of the older Hohenschwangau Castle and then stroll to the more famous and younger castle.

There are no hotels part of big international chains - all of them are family owned traditional hotels (or guest-houses).

We looked for properties that fit a budget of around € 100 per night for a double room. Anything more is just not worth it.

We excluded properties that do not offer any Internet connection or parking. We excluded also hostels (or any property with shared bathrooms).

Here we go with our list of the most affordable hotels for Neuschwanstein Castle, starting with the cheapest ones (we left out those that are of such poor quality, that you risk ruining your vacation):

- Haus Magnolia, self-catering apartments in a traditional building, with free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Casa Patrizia, self-catering apartments in a traditional building, with free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Hotel Hanselewirt, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Landhotel Huberhof, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Landhotel Guglhupf, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking;

- Hotel Weinbauer, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking.

Let us know if you have stayed at any of these properties (or others) and how was your stay.
 

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Triple HHonors points for stays at Hilton properties until 31 October 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The 2014 fall promotion from Hilton has just been published.

For stays between 1 August and 31 October 2014, you get triple points for week-end stays (Friday to Sunday) and double points during the week (Monday to Thursday).

You need to register before checking-in:

Triple points for stays at Hilton group of hotels until 31 October 2014

What does this promotion mean? Usually you will get 10 HHonors points for each USD spent. Now, with this promotion you will get 20 points per dollar during the week and 30 points per dollar during the week-end. This is in addition to the other usual bonuses (5 points per dollar for the Points & Points earning option, or the 25% / 50% bonus for Hilton and Diamond members).

There are many properties which do not participate in this promotion. Before choosing a hotel especially because you want to benefit from the promotion, please see the list of non-participating hotels here.

 

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How to find the cheapest hotel deals

Monday, July 21, 2014

Probably each of us has his own little secrets, tips and tricks on how to find the best hotel deals.

When we speak of cheapest hotel rates, we do not mean budget hostels, or old and dirty two-star properties we wouldn't advise any enemy to book.

In fact, the secret is to find good-rated 3 and 4 star properties at the same price others would pay for a two-star property.

How we do it? There's no short-cut, really. It takes discipline and some time to search the best quality / price hotel.

Here we go: below we prepared a comprehensive step-by-step approach that we follow:

Step 1

We start the process with the hotel comparison websites, like Trivago and HotelsCombined.

We do this because of two reasons:
- they show (almost) all the hotels you can book in any given location;
- you can already have an indication of which travel agencies might offer the best deals.

We note down the hotels that are at least 3 stars and that are in our price range (we also include in this short-list hotels that are over our budget, as later on we will find them cheaper elsewhere).

Step 2

We take all the hotels from the short-list and check their descriptions and guest reviews from booking.com.

We keep only those properties with at least a 7.5 rating and that offer the amenities we look for (every person might find various things important, but for us what matters most is breakfast included, free Wi-Fi and free parking).

We usually advise against booking hotels that are rated less than 7.5 on booking.com.

Step 3

After the first two steps we already know:

- that handful of hotels where we would be happy to stay;
- the maximum price we should pay.

Remember, you should never pay more than what you find on Trivago or HotelsCombined.

There is only exception to that rule: when booking directly on the hotel's website will bring a significant amount of loyalty points that would easily compensate for the few extra bucks paid (depending on the promotions, a couple of nights stays can sometimes easily get you another night free based on the loyalty points accumulated).

The third step consists of checking our list of 10 best cheapest booking websites. This is a really good source of finding a really good deal.

Even more, if you have the time, check-out all the travel agencies we using and expand your chances of finding that hidden gem.

Step 4

Check-out all the available discounts and promotions that you can find on our blog, in the right-hand side column called "Current discounts".

This is your best source of hotel discounts. 

Step 5

Check also the membership-based discounters, like TravelPony.

Membership is free, however you have to create an account to see the deals (you will get a 35$ credit if using this link to create the account). This is necessary so that this type of websites can circumvent the best rate guarantee policy of hotels.

Step 6

Check-out the secret hotels offered by various online travel agencies:

- Hotels from lastminute.com;

- Express Deals from Priceline;

- Unpublished Rate Hotels from Expedia;

- Secret Hot Rate Hotels from Hotwire.

These are discounted hotels where you will see the price and some of the amenities, however you will not see the name until after booking. This is done by these websites so that they do not affect the regular pricing policy of the hotels.

Step 7

If you are unhappy about your final results, send us an e-mail at emma@vakanz.club and we will try to help you.

Or even easier and time saving for you, just write us when and where you'd like to go and we will run all the steps above and provide you with a top 3 hotel choices, indicating the best prices and the websites where these can be booked.


Let us know if your arsenal includes other methods of finding hotel deals.

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